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  • Plains Indian Culture: The Rest of the Story | BEYONDbones
    genus Equus in the Americas before these animals became extinct on the continent surviving only in the Old World Asia Africa and Europe It was only with the arrival of European settlers that modern horses now much bigger than their ancestors were reintroduced into the Americas Horse riding culture among American Indians dates back at most a few centuries not millennia photo credit nalilo Another iconic image associated with Plains Indian culture is buffalo hunting Bison hunting the term buffalo is a misnomer must have been impressive in its scale and the scope of planning that preceded it Bison were hunted long before the arrival of European horses Texas is home to the famous Bonfire kill site located on the border with Mexico There in a small side canyon of the lower Pecos River hunter gatherers ran bison over the edge of a cliff several times over a time span of several centuries These types of hunt were exceptional they were supplemented by hunting other animals and gathering plant foods The latter activity probably provided the greatest amount of sustenance to American Indians Not all Plains tribes hunted bison Numerous tribes were farmers planting crops such as corn introduced from what is now Mexico photo credit pingnews com Plains Indian culture is still around today and it is part of a wider American Indian society Plains Indians can be found on the reservations throughout the United States or on the bus sitting next to you Like any other human culture Plains Indian culture has evolved while celebrating aspects of its past Traditional dances became Powwow dances about a century ago and remain very popular Beadwork introduced about 150 years ago also continues to evolve Interested in anthropology Learn more Who were the first Americans Could you outwit a monkey Machiavelli

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/aspects-of-plains-indian-culture/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.24.08) | BEYONDbones
    what went down after you logged off Cow Power could meet 3 of North American energy needs and reduce the animals greenhouse gas emissions Santa might need to start thinking about relocation the ice at the North Pole was only 1 3 meters thick in summer 2007 and it s getting thinner The Perseid Meteor Shower is coming around again get away from the city lights and see it at the George Observatory Japanese and Mongolian scientists have uncovered a complete Tarbosaurus related to T rex missing only a few neck bones and the tip of the tail The Physics of Bungee Jumping or Why You Must Be Extremely Tough to Bungee With Tree Vines video Marking a shift from the tradition of naming celestial bodies after Greek or Roman gods astronomers have named a new dwarf planet Makemake MAH keh MAH keh after the Polynesian creation god 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged alternative energy bungee cow power dwarf planet Energy george observatory global warming ice cap makemake north pole perseid meteor shower santa tarbosaurus by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In

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  • Not to Be Long-Winded, But… | BEYONDbones
    our dependence on foreign oil by making more natural gas currently used to generate electricity available for powering transportation Pickens points out a study citing that the land available in North Dakota for wind turbines if used for that purpose might be enough to power the entire USA And for those of you who are still stuck on the idea that wind turbines are ugly you can soon try on a hot little number designed by French designer Philippe Starck He s designed a plastic wind turbine that can generate 20 to 60 percent of your home electricity needs NPR reports that it will be available later this year for only 630 Maybe you should run down to your local wind boutique to make sure you re on the list for this one Fashion forward AND eco friendly How hip are you gonna be this fall photo credit CoreBurn Speaking of wind hurricane season is now in session which means we re also thinking a lot about the Gulf of Mexico which is also closely related to our current energy crisis Offshore drilling on the Offshore Continental Shelf OCS is an important factor in the equation which determines the cost of gasoline Now you can actually keep an eye on the Minerals Management Service web site to see how the weather is effecting oil production in the GUlf of Mexico For safety reasons offshore oil rigs are shut down during dangerous conditions But don t worry too much there are numerous procedures in place to make sure hurricanes don t cause oil leaks 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Energy and tagged alternative energy electricty gulf of mexico hurricane season npr Offshore Continental Shelf offshore platform oilman Philippe Starck Pickens T Boone Pickens Texas oil turbine wind energy

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  • The Handsomes at Mixers, Elixirs & IMAX | BEYONDbones
    enough they have a sense of humor too You can check out Kristin2Go s full post about her experience on the cowbells here And in case you ve been living at the bottom of the sea for the last decade here s the original Still not convinced Get another sneak preview of The Handsomes sound at their MySpace page Gas prices got you down Text MEI to 777111 and get

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.23.08) | BEYONDbones
    credit ragesoss So here s what went down after you logged off The dead zone off the Texas coast just keeps getting bigger A new flying camera weighs just three grams and it s so quick and maneuverable that it s difficult to capture on film Think you ve got what it takes Hint start with a Ph D and an M B A The Met The Guggenheim The Philadelphia Museum of Art and 17 other major museums are looking for new directors May s powerful earthquake has put the culture of China s people in the clouds in danger Via A solar eclipse is coming Aug 1 Viewers in Canada Greenland the Arctic central Russia Mongolia and China will see it in totality in North America some will see a partial eclipse Engineers have taken a toy and turned it into the SnoMote a remote controlled data gathering device that lets climate researchers stay off of cracking ice sheets 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged climate research dead zone flying camera gulf of mexico museum director people in the clouds snomote solar eclipse by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is

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  • Got Venom? | BEYONDbones
    you ever played with a Jack in a box toy The nice part about the toy is that there is a musical cue when it might pop open Well not so with the snake Just as I would get the hook over the edge of the can this 5 foot snake not so little would pop straight up looking right at me Slightly nerve wracking So I moved to the other side but sure enough here he comes straight up with his head about 6 inches over the edge of the can Needless to say I did need help getting him out it was my first time I remember being really nervous and very hyped up after that I still remember the snake fondly photo credit el vaquero Since then I have mainly worked with native species of venomous snakes Not to say some of ours aren t as ornery as the cobra because I can personally vouch for some bad attitude rattlesnakes All in all I would have to say that I enjoy working with venomous snakes It was not something I had signed on to do or was even a goal The opportunity appeared and I thought why not I have to admit it is kind of fun when people ask my husband what does your wife do and he says she plays with rattlesnakes He does go on to explain but that first expression is too funny Now add in another factor pregnancy No not of the snakes mine This adds another whole level of risk that I am not willing to take Thus begins an interesting journey in training another read willing person to do the job of handling our hot species During summer camp the Animal Room is very fortunate to have an intern For the past few summers one of our interns has been Stefan Stefan attends Texas A M and is a tried and true herper His Herpetology field class projects and summers with us have given him a lot of exposure to snakes turtles and amphibians I am confident in his ability to handle our venomous snakes even if he does get really excited about it beforehand Put him in front of the snake with a hook in his hand and he is all business This works out great for us during the summer For the rest of the year our current part time Animal Technician Ben is the other person you will see in the pictures below Ben is a certified Veterinary Technician and very excited about being trained to work with our hot snakes In the pictures you ll see me showing Ben how to use the hooks to pick up our practice snakes rope and plastic tubing Ben showing me how easy it is Stefan showing Ben how he hooks one of our copperheads and Ben showing us how he can do it too The fun part is that once the snakes are aware of what we are doing

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.22.08) | BEYONDbones
    a panic attack No worries the pick and mirror routine might soon be replaced by light The latest unintended consequence of global warming kidney stones That s right and you can read more about our thinner hotter smoggier future in Popular Science Before CERN s Large Hadron Collider can start colliding it s got to get really really cold When you suddenly fall into the category of might cure cancer sometimes you really deserve a new name Researchers are currently looking at pond scum as a possible source of new cancer therapies The presence of a mirror makes people less likely to cheat Scientists are using mirrors in a surprising number of ways to test brain function with often surprising results The Houston Zoo has a new resident Vincent a rare St Vincent Amazon Parrot If you ve been following Chris Linder s posts from the Greenland Ice Sheet check out KUHF s story on the WHOI science team s live from Greenland call to our summer campers yesterday 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged bats brain function CERN cure cancer cyanobacteria dentist ecuador future houston zoo kidney stones large hadron collider light mirror parrot

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  • The Last Catagonus | BEYONDbones
    lit the dust which yielded off the road I saw two huge gray wild boar wait those can t be wild boar they don t occur here Oh part of my study herd left their 5 hectare habitat No wait those don t look like any Taguá I know Their dorsal hair was halfway pilo erected They just lowered their heads and stared at me displaying their ever so meek yet ever so costly alert stance it is this very behavior the alert stance that is mostly responsible for the Taguá s decline as they are easier for hunters to shoot Then they fled past me along the simbra fence line It was here that I saw the little brown baby bringing up the rear I was in the middle of the edge of the road no more than 20 meters away I was so shocked Then they stopped 40 meters down their path and stared again only to see that I was slowly walking in their direction Then they fled some more and went through the simbra and into the bush It was the same area where I saw the female antshrike a month ago and found the road killed rainbow boa a few weeks ago I snapped a picture of the dust flying and the gray rump kicking up into the air just like my study herd does I was so shocked that I had to check the tracks to make sure I wasn t crazy There they were also saw some huge canid tracks maned wolf probably not too dry in the area I will never forget this day the last day in time of the 1980 s In a way it is almost bittersweet symbolism as many predict mass extinction of all mega vertebrates by the end of this decade 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Zoology and tagged antshrike Catagonus Catagonus wagneri Chaco dan brooks endangered species fieldwork megavertebrate Paraguay peccary tagua by Dan Bookmark the permalink About Dan As curator of vertebrate zoology Dr Brooks has more backbone s than anyone at the Museum He is recognized internationally as the authority on Cracids the most threatened family of birds in the Americas With an active research program studying birds and mammals of Texas and the tropics Brooks advises several grad students internationally At HMNS Brooks served as project manager of the world renowned Frensley Graham Hall of African Wildlife overseeing building by an incredibly diverse array of talent by some 50 individuals He has also created and or served as curator for various traveling exhibits including Cracids on Wings of Peril View all posts by Dan 10 thoughts on The Last Catagonus Emily on July 21 2008 at 8 26 pm said I totally enjoyed your entry and really identify with how much we can know when we allow ourselves to know nothing or when we don t even know that we require that kind of allowance at all A friend was

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